How it Works

What does a NOAA weather buoy 3000 miles away in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean have to do with snow in Utah, Colorado & Wyoming? Good question! Since the dawn of time, humans have been trying to plan their powder days, a futile feat… until now. Is it magic? Is it science? Is it dumb luck? The answer may be yes to all of the above, but more than anything, the Powderbuoy is all about a positive vibration and energy that connects soul riders around the world.

““Yeahbuuuuooooyyyyyy””

- William Jonathan Drayton Jr.

It All Starts With the Buoy

Deep in the North Pacific, a lonely NOAA buoy floats, diligently collecting all sorts of weather data. No friends on a powder day? This lonely buoy may think its only friends are the passing birds who may stop by for a few; little does the buoy know how much happiness and joy it brings to people around the world on powder days.

Weather Prediction

Tracking buoys is nothing new; surfers have followed buoys since Gary Busey was dropping in on Big Wednesday to find out when swells are going to hit specific breaks. The Powderbuoy uses these same NOAA buoys in Hawaii and tracks the same energy that surfers ride in waves in Hawaii to forecast snow that we ride in our mountains. When the buoy pops, two weeks later you’re going to want to clear your calendar.

Plan Your Powder Flu

Don’t let those sick days go to waste, plan your flu and go get you some! That TPS report can wait for another day, you’ve got powder to ski. Yeahbuoy!

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From Instagram

Silverton for the W, first pow shots of the year…as always. Colors are going off around here but always nice to see what’s on the horizon. #yeahbuoy

Silverton for the W, first pow shots of the year…as always. Colors are going off around here but always nice to see what’s on the horizon. #yeahbuoy ...

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Married 20 years ago today under a harvest moon on the equinox at the mouth of LCC. Time flies when you’re having fun ❤️you @erinruzek.

Married 20 years ago today under a harvest moon on the equinox at the mouth of LCC. Time flies when you’re having fun ❤️you @erinruzek. ...

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Apparently instagram filters didn’t like my post and they pulled it, theoretically insinuating use of violence, anyhow, here it is again. ……………..If you or your friends think it’s funny to spike drinks, it’s not, you’re an a$$hole and deserve to be p******d in the mouth. Apparently there was some drink spiking going on at the Utah tailgate lot on Saturday and one of my friends was affected and thankfully was with her boyfriend who got her home safely. Yesterday I found out that she wasn’t the only one and numerous women were affected. Please don’t take open drinks from others, be vigilant and keep an eye out for yourself and your friends. There are drink test kits available online as well. I know this isn’t ski related, but had to share because it’s so wrong and clearly out there.

Apparently instagram filters didn’t like my post and they pulled it, theoretically insinuating use of violence, anyhow, here it is again. ……………..If you or your friends think it’s funny to spike drinks, it’s not, you’re an a$$hole and deserve to be p******d in the mouth. Apparently there was some drink spiking going on at the Utah tailgate lot on Saturday and one of my friends was affected and thankfully was with her boyfriend who got her home safely. Yesterday I found out that she wasn’t the only one and numerous women were affected. Please don’t take open drinks from others, be vigilant and keep an eye out for yourself and your friends. There are drink test kits available online as well. I know this isn’t ski related, but had to share because it’s so wrong and clearly out there. ...

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Holy buoy pop! Not a storm coming in our direction but a massive storm about to bear down on Alaska. I don't think I've ever seen significant wave heights this high. #yeahbuoy

Holy buoy pop! Not a storm coming in our direction but a massive storm about to bear down on Alaska. I don't think I've ever seen significant wave heights this high. #yeahbuoy ...

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What do we have here?? A little teaser of snow on 9/20-21 inbound, just in time after @tetongravity Magic Hour showing at red butte . It still looks like we’re going to be warmer and drier this fall after this according to the national weather service but we shall see. #yeahbuoy

What do we have here?? A little teaser of snow on 9/20-21 inbound, just in time after @tetongravity Magic Hour showing at red butte . It still looks like we’re going to be warmer and drier this fall after this according to the national weather service but we shall see. #yeahbuoy ...

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Stopped by @parkcitysongsummit HQ to see my friend @benandersonofficial the other day. Not only do they have a rad line up of music coming to town but they also have some sick concert posters. Stoked to see some shows and hear some songwriter stories sept 7-10

Stopped by @parkcitysongsummit HQ to see my friend @benandersonofficial the other day. Not only do they have a rad line up of music coming to town but they also have some sick concert posters. Stoked to see some shows and hear some songwriter stories sept 7-10 ...

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Going where the wind don’t blow so strange, maybe on some high cold mountain range. ⚡️ 💀 🌹

Going where the wind don’t blow so strange, maybe on some high cold mountain range. ⚡️ 💀 🌹 ...

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Dinner rolls and powderbuoy pilsners on tap @parkcitybrewing tonight 📸 @trace.worthington #yeahbuoy

Dinner rolls and powderbuoy pilsners on tap @parkcitybrewing tonight 📸 @trace.worthington #yeahbuoy ...

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Thank you @michaelfranti for bringing the sound of sunshine last night with bonus rainbows and abundant positivity. For all those going to Red Butte tonight have a great show! #yeahbuoy

Thank you @michaelfranti for bringing the sound of sunshine last night with bonus rainbows and abundant positivity. For all those going to Red Butte tonight have a great show! #yeahbuoy ...

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Deep in the heart of the DPS factory a tiny orange beacon glows amongst 120 underfoot giants. Time to bring back ballet skiing! Looking at you @trace.worthington & @jonnymoseley, LFG! #poleflipsdontdie

Deep in the heart of the DPS factory a tiny orange beacon glows amongst 120 underfoot giants. Time to bring back ballet skiing! Looking at you @trace.worthington & @jonnymoseley, LFG! #poleflipsdontdie ...

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Summer monsoon season makes for great clouds. Better get a PB Pilsner before the things get weird. #areyouthekeymaster #yeahbuoy

Summer monsoon season makes for great clouds. Better get a PB Pilsner before the things get weird. #areyouthekeymaster #yeahbuoy ...

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Nothing like a little ride to clear the brain. Look around round round, we are part of everything.  #theotherseason

Nothing like a little ride to clear the brain. Look around round round, we are part of everything. #theotherseason ...

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Well played, nice women are smarter opener in wrigley.

Well played, nice women are smarter opener in wrigley. ...

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A little volunteering at the Utah food bank for a Friday afternoon. last year they delivered 54 million meals within the state of Utah. They always welcome donations from the public and they are always looking for volunteers to help them sort & box food, is surprisingly fun and a nice way to throw a little positivity into the world 🌎 #yeahbuoy

A little volunteering at the Utah food bank for a Friday afternoon. last year they delivered 54 million meals within the state of Utah. They always welcome donations from the public and they are always looking for volunteers to help them sort & box food, is surprisingly fun and a nice way to throw a little positivity into the world 🌎 #yeahbuoy ...

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Who’s in Chicago and needs a miracle for tomorrow & Saturday? I have 3 tix for tomorrow and 4 for Saturday. Hit me up! ⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️

Who’s in Chicago and needs a miracle for tomorrow & Saturday? I have 3 tix for tomorrow and 4 for Saturday. Hit me up! ⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️ ...

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